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Valid Eval, Kauffman Foundation partner to find why startups are successful

Denver-based Valid Eval partnered with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to research exactly how startups and small businesses achieve success.

The organizations announced that they will look into Valid Eval's information on more than 2,000 companies across the U.S. "The principal question is: Is it possible at scale to pinpoint where entrepreneurs are on their developmental trajectory? And to do so on an an evidentiary basis," explains Valid Eval CEO and Co-Founder Adam Rentschler. "Valid Eval will assert that is true."

By working with the Kauffman Foundation's experts the groups hope to prove that assertion is true. "The holy grail is can we tie a causal relationship between these evaluations and the entrepreneurs' success and ultimately wealth creation."

Valid Eval's clients include government agencies, accelerators, universities and incubators, according to Rentschler. This includes clients like the Arizona Commerce Authority, which offers startups a chance to compete for $250,000 in funds twice a year. In all, the authority allocates $3 million annually through the program.

As companies apply through Valid Eval's platform it collects anonymous feedback information related to their applications from the experts that evaluated the companies. "If you're Kauffman, you can look at a a data set collected using a structured framework," he says. The feedback information includes qualitative and quantitative information about applications and the strategies within them.

"Measuring what is happening within large numbers of entrepreneurial companies as they develop is notoriously difficult," explains E.J. Reedy, director of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. "Our team will look at Valid Eval's standardization of the evaluation and development processes to better understand if such structured work is helpful to improving entrepreneurial outcomes."

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

DSTILL grows with craft distillery movement

There are now more than 70 licensed distillers in Colorado, including such Denver standouts as Laws Whiskey House to Leopold Bros. DSTILL, an annual celebration of craft spirits in Denver in its third year, is mirroring the industry's growth.

"DSTILL is a platform that brings people together," says Chuck Sullivan of Something Independent, founder of the week-long event. "The heart and soul of the programming is with with the craft-distilling community both in Colorado and nationally." 

In 2015, the April 16 showcase, where 49 craft distillers participating from across the country poured tastes of their spirits, was the most popular event, drawing more than 1,000 people.

"It is distillers and bartenders and those craft spirit enthusiasts from every on point on the compass. I think there is a great opportunity throughout the week for distillers to connect in a lot of different ways both with consumer and industry," Sullivan adds.

This year's event expanded to include a DSTILL Rocks, a music event at the Bluebird Theater with Nathaniel Rateliff and Paper Bird, as well as what Sullivan calls pop-up bars showcasing spirits at Union Station. Both of which were new events for the multiday event.

"It's safe to say the DSTILL Rocks Concert will become a main staple event of DSTILL each year," Sullivan says. He explains that all of the ticketed events of the conference were sold out this year. "That is indicative of the story of DSTILL and how it has evolved to be a serious celebration of the American craft spirit."

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Tonix brings fresh flavor to an old staple

If you've ever tasted store-bought tonic water, you've probably used the quinine-laced stuff to make a gin and tonic. But you've probably never enjoyed drinking tonic water on its own. Denver's Tonix is changing that.

The syrup is made in Denver with cinchona bark from South America, as were the original tonic waters that were developed to help combat malaria in the 1840s. The bark gives the concentrate its distinctive ruddy color.

Since it's a concentrate, imbibers can tweak the flavor by adding more or less to a drink, whether they're using soda water or not, explains Tonix founder Travis Gilbert. Also it's shelf stable, so it won't go bad after it's opened.

"I love gin and I love gin and tonics," Gilbert says. His late father-in-law introduced him to gin and tonics. "The first thing he asked me was if I wanted one."

"I was disappointed with the tonics on the market," Gilbert says. "And I thought: 'If there's not anything on the market, why not make it on my own.'" He explains that there are a few craft tonics available and a few craft tonic concentrates available as well. But he developed Tonix to be a bit more versatile.

The company recently had a launch party where it introduced the syrup to potential buyers: restaurants, liquor stores and bars. Already some local companies like Nooch Vegan Market, Bear Creek Distillery, Hugo's Colorado Beer & Spirits and Grandma's House Brewery are carrying and using the copper-colored concentrate.

Tonix is currently only selling the concentrate. However, Gilbert anticipates making a ready-to-drink tonic water for sale.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Duby cannabis app gains more than 1,000 downloads first week

There's no doubt that cannabis is becoming more popular everyday. This means entrepreneurs are reaching out to engage this community of enthusiasts in new ways. Case in point: Duby, a new app that launched on Apple's App Store this week.

How popular is pot? Well, the app has already seen more than 1,000 downloads this week despite no advertising.

"Cannabis is one of the top themes on social media, yet most social media outlets restrict marijuana-related posts. Duby is a viral social network that allows the cannabis community to discover the latest marijuana trends and conversations," says Duby co-founder Alec Rochford.

The app, made by Art District on Santa Fe-based developers, is designed to allow users to post messages, pictures and videos anonymously but also allows them to track how far their post goes. To use the company's parlance, users can pass a Duby on or put it out.

The app also is location-based, which does two things, ensures the app is only used in places where medical or recreational marijuana is legal and let users see where their Dubys are lighting up, so to speak. "The concept is not to collect friends, but to increase your influence by posting content that is passed around among users," the company touts.

The creators also said that privacy is paramount to the app. "Users are ensured complete anonymity through the use of location obfuscation, input sanitation, explicit protection of personally identifiable information and the inability to privately message other users," the company says.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Bear Creek Distillery wins awards with unique take on noble spirits

Just off Broadway in the Overland neighborhood, Bear Creek Distillery is a new operation -- its whiskeys haven't even had a full year to age yet -- but its spirits are already winning awards.

In March, Bear Creek Distillery won three awards at the Denver International Spirits Competition, an event that attracted companies as big as Beam Suntory (makers of Jim Beam and its family of products). But Bear Creek took home the gold in the Vodka Potato category with its 100 percent Wheat Vodka, and two silvers in the Vodka Rye and Rum White categories.

"Our vodkas are sort of unique because we make grain-specific vodka," explains co-founder Jay Johnson. "Typically a vodka off the shelf you'll find are mixed grain or potato. Potato vodkas are relatively common. It is relatively uncommon to find a vodka that is 100 percent wheat or 100 percent rye," he says of the award-winning spirits.

The Silver Rum, which isn't aged, also won an award at the show. "Rum is easy to make. It's ingredients are easy to clean up, you can get it bottled within a month," Johnson says. In fact, vodka is harder to make because it has to be distilled to such a high proof. "It has a to be 190 proof," he says.

These spirits are just the start for the nascent distillery. "We hope to release our Silver Rum that has been aged in used Wild Turkey barrels, and then we also do a house-infused spiced rum," Johnson explains. "We mirror our vodka with a rye whiskey that we hope to have available by the holidays or in the beginning of the year for our tasting room. That goes the same for our wheat whiskey. Our bourbon probably won't ready until 2017."

That's because of the nature of spirits like whiskey. They don't have a set completion date and need to mature at their own pace. While some distillers are importing spirits from other states to age or blend here in Colorado, that's not the case with Bear Creek.

"We do everything grain to glass right here in our facility off Broadway," Johnson says. "I understand the lure of it doing it the other way . . . but we do things as genuinely as possible, so we're going to bite the bullet and battle father time until the bourbon is ready and the whiskey is as well. In my opinion, that's the right way to do things."

Since it's so new, the distillery doesn't yet have extensive retail distribution, but the tasting room is just the place for quaffs and cocktails. "For all intents and purposes, it's a bar, but we can only serve liquor with things that we've made," Johnson says. That means no store-bought bitters, cordials or vermouth. "We have to get really creative with fresh juices and herbs and things like that. We've gotten really good at recreating cocktails with things that we're allowed to use."

The tasting room is open from Thursday to Saturday. During the rest of the week, Johnson and the crew are busy making more spirits and tending to those that are aging.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Spex unveils property inspection software

Galvanize-based Spex has launched a software-as-service tool that allows home inspectors to use a mobile app on their iOS devices and coordinate results via a web-based tool on their desktop.

The tools -- the field app, a dashboard system and a report generating system -- help reduce the amount of time home and property inspectors spend on paperwork

"Spex simplifies and streamlines the inspection process so everyone wins -- the policy holder, insurance carrier and contractor," explains Brett Goldberg, Spex's CEO. "Our enterprise platform is plug and play and can be easily scaled."

The mobile device app allows users to take photos, do field sketches, use aerial photos and add notations to video and audio. The tool coordinates the information with the dashboard in real time. The Spex Report is accessible via the dashboard and as an exportable document. It's is produced based on inspection notes.

The tools are gaining interest from both insurers and repair services. "We are always looking for efficient, innovative products to better serve policyholders," says Rod Warner, general manager at Family Mutual Insurance Company. "Spex presents the most comprehensive package of features we have found in the marketplace."

"With the Spex Enterprise platform, we're able to replace analog property inspection tools and improve the claim documentation process from the point of inspection and beyond," says Will Scarborough, project coordinator and lead estimator at Disaster Services. "In addition to accelerating inspections, estimate writing and the overall claims process, the platform allows our organization to enhance the customer experience, create transparency and resolve claims in a more efficient manner." 

Spex is currently offering a 30-day free trial of the tools. After the trial, it will cost $49 per month per user.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Colorado Aquaponics offering farming/fishery classes

For those looking to take their gardening skills to a whole new level there's aquaponics, a method of farming using aquaculture and hydroponics to grow both fish and food.

Sound confusing? It's a little more complicated than throwing seeds in the ground and watering them, but the mixed farming method significantly reduces water use and produces much more food in a small space. That's why Colorado Aquaponics is offering classes this spring to help people understand the benefits and opportunities such systems offer.

Basically, the fish waste in the system provide nutrients for the plants in the system., and the plants absorb the nutrients in the water and filter it for the fish.

The company is offering classes to help people understand and learn how to launch their own system in Denver from April 23-26 and again this fall from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. The Denver-based company, which operates Flourish Farms at The GrowHaus, will also offer classes in California and Florida this year though partner Green Acre Aquaponics, says Flourish Farm Manager, Aquaponics Guru and Training Master Tawnya Sawyer.

"Colorado Aquaponics has offered workshops for home and hobby aquaponic enthusiasts since 2010," Sawyer says. "We have taught the Aquaponic Farming Course in Denver, Florida and California with our business partner, Green Acre Aquaponics, since 2012."

The four-day course costs $1,295, however it falls to $1,195 per person if multiple people from the same group join. In addition to the classes, students receive a detailed course workbook, design plans, and variety of online spreadsheets, log files and related resources, Sawyer adds. "Colorado Aquaponics offers support through consulting services, feasibility studies, site planning, business planning, crop rotations, vendor relationships and the like to help future farmers get up and running successfully," she says. 

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

FullContact raises $10M to continue connecting people

Denver-based startup FullContact just updated its address book-coordinating apps for iOS and Gmail. The progress helped it raise a new $10 million round of funding led by Baird Capital and Foundry Group with support from participation from Blue Note Ventures and 500 Startups. In all, the contact management software company has now raised nearly $20 million.

The FullContact address books apps are designed to coordinate users' contacts across their email accounts, social media platforms as well as their devices. "The genesis of the FullContact address book was on the web, and the web version is still the central hub for working with your FullContact account," says Brad McCarty. "However, FullContact for iOS brings the power of the address book to your iPhone or iPad via a native application."

"We absolutely plan to be on more platforms, and Windows-based systems make sense as an eventual area of expansion for us," McCarty says. Already the company is developing applications for Mac and for Android-based systems.

FullContact launched in 2010, and the current suite of apps launched out of private beta in 201. The company's APIs has been available to developers since 2012.

The company appears to be on the right track with the new products. "Eighteen months ago, FullContact employed 22 people," McCarty says. "Currently there are 53 employees however that number is likely to reach 75 employees in the next 12 months."

The new round of financing will help the company each those goals. As part of the funding Baird's Benedict Rocchio will join FullContact's board. "We're very excited to add Benedict and Baird Capital to the FullContact board and receive the long-term support from a great financial institution," says Bart Lorang, FullContact CEO.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

State of Downtown Denver 2015 has plenty to praise

Last year, downtown Denver saw $1 billion in investments through completed projects. In 2015, that figure is expected to nearly double to $1.9 billion. That's just one key takeaway from the State of Downtown Denver 2015 event, hosted by the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) on March 24.

There was a host of data showing the recent successes of Denver and how the city is poised to keep growing -- for instance, residential population has grown 165 percent since 2010. "In order to ensure future success we need to understand what we did right to get us where we are today," explained DDP CEO Tami Door at the event.

"Last year, we welcomed 16 new companies in downtown. These companies, many of them having significant national and international brands, further endorse downtown Denver as a key business hubs," said Door, noting that many companies attributed their choices to Denver's premiere workforce, its mobility options for employees and the overall cool factor of the city center.

Door added that Denver is attracting significant amounts of Millennials, which is important to the city's future. "As we go forward two Baby Boomers will retire for each new employee entering the workforce," she explained. "This is not just a battle to get companies to move to our cities. this a battle to get the right type of workers here."

"We are quickly becoming recognized as a premier entrepreneurial hub," Door said. "Right now, we have 370 tech startups located in the core of downtown. These companies employ 3,000 individuals. That number is growing and is growing very fast."

Craftsy was one of those startups. Founder and CEO John Levisay explained that the company started in 2010 with four founders. "We're now over 260 employees and have 50 open jobs," he said. "It's been a great ride. When we were starting the company our primary investors told us we'd have to move the company to California, there wasn't enough talent here. We disagreed. We wanted to make this a Colorado company and we were committed to that and we still are."

In his comments Levisay attributed much of Denver's success in launching such companies to Denver's evolution into a commuter-friendly, city with ample access to travel options, among other things. For instance, 60 percent of Craftsy's employees take public transport, bike or walk to work, he said.

"Downtown Denver has done everything right in terms of urban planning, urban infill and residential for young employees," Levisay added. "Cost of commercial real estate and access to it is very reasonable. The engineering talent here is very strong."

Levisay also credited the success to Denver's unique "collective zeitgeist" that encompasses established companies in the region talking with startups. "Ten years from now, we'll be amazed as we get some startups that evolve into escape velocity and really achieve iconic stature."

Read the annual State of Downtown Denver report here.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Smart Cookie's food trikes for dogs hit streets in Denver

Food carts are going to the dogs with Denver's Smart Cookie. The company is bringing its treats to Colorado's dogs with two trikes.

With the approach of spring, farmers' markets and all the fun events that spring brings, Smart Cookie is planning on making sure your best buddy gets the same treatment you do by being at the same events. The company's trikes will be at breweries, parks and events throughout Colorado. Smart Cookie also gives dog owners a chance to customize and order their snacks and delivered to their door.

Smart Cookie's menu of healthy, human-grade ingredients allows it to create a box of treats for every dog. Customers can select a protein, carbohydrate, and fruit and veggie combination for their dog's treats, according to Smart Cookie. "We hand-make everything ourselves," says Smart Cookie Owner Bri Bradley. "We just built a commercial kitchen." She explains that the company even uses some local ingredients in its treats like spent grains from local breweries.

The company also makes Rabbit Jerky, which the company says is a completely hypoallergenic option. It also offers Barking Blends called The Survivor, The Sports Dog and The Prima Dogna.

Smart Cookie launched in 2012, according to Bradley. "We started the cart in April 2013 as a sort of food truck for dogs." Now the company uses the trikes for community events as far south as Parker and as far north as Boulder and Steamboat Springs. You can check out where they'll be on their calendar, but Bradley says you can also find them at parks and other places throughout the spring and into the fall. "It kind of depends on the calendar. We'll also go to a park and set up shop."

In the meantime, Smart Cookie products are also available in boutique pet stores and will also be at markets in Cherry Creek, Golden, Parker, Stapleton, Greenwood Village and City Park, Bradley says.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

The Urban Farm Co. introduces "The Garden Club"

The Urban Farm Co. has been helping Denverites and people along the Front Range  build gardens since 2011. Now the company is offering a new gardening program called The Garden Club to help people learn how to grow in Colorado.

"The idea is the more we can help people, the more they will tell their friends about what we're doing, whether or not they want to garden," says Urban Farm CEO Bryant Mason. "We're trying to reach out to people with a couple of simple gardening tips."

The company informally launched the new set of tools to its existing customers first, according to Mason. "We have about 150 people signed up already."

Those former customers are among the more than 400 people that Urban Farm has built gardens for since launching in 2011. Those gardens start at $350 for a four-foot square boxed garden, their proprietary soil mix, drip systems and other features. The company gets most of its organic plants and transplants from Gulley Greenhouse & Garden Center in Fort Collins, Mason adds.

The company has had a high rate of retention since launching, according to Mason. "Probably 40 percent to 50 percent come back to us to do planting or something like that," he says. "For the majority, the initial the purchase is the main thing, then 40 percent to 50 percent come back for year two. They might want a cold frame or something else for the garden."

Such businesses often expand their customer base on referrals, which Mason says has worked for his company. The resources offered by the new garden club, could help increase referral business. "The biggest intention is developing sort of a long-term resource for front range gardeners. It's a very indirect approach but the more value and valuable information we can put out the more likely people will find us via referrals."

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Inversoft introduces Gather forum software

Inversoft recently launched its Gather forum software as an early access program (EAP), allowing users to get a taste of the software and give Inversoft feedback before it launches officially this summer.

Gather is designed as a modern community software solution that offers traditional bulletin boards and goes beyond that with question and answer tools, access through API framework and integration with Inversoft's CleanSpeak software.

The API is like those offered by Twitter and Facebook. "They can use it to match all of their contacts across their entire enterprise or they can use our shrink-wrapped solution, which looks like a traditional bulletin board system," says Inversoft CEO Brian Pontarelli. "But we have a lot of other cool features where you can make it look like Core or Stack Overflow, and you can do polls, and really define the front end and make it look however you want it to look," he explains.

"Old-school forum solutions like VBulletin and Lithium, they don't have a good moderation system," Pontarelli contends. He adds that the profanity filters used are generally just word blockers, while Gather's integrated CleanSpeak is what he calls a "language-aware system."

When it introduces the finalized version of the software Inversoft plans on making the software a subscription-type solution based factors on like total user volume or active monthly users. That's despite whether Inversoft is hosting the software in the cloud or if the companies using the package use it on their servers. While more companies than ever are using remote services, some of Inversoft's bigger clients like Disney want to use the software behind their firewalls, Pontarelli explains.

With the release of Gather, the company of eight employees is set for more growth. Pontarelli anticipates the company could hire up to three people now and up to another three people when Gather goes live. The positions will be in engineering and sales.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Utivity hosts the first Colorado Indie Business Forum at Green Spaces

On March 11, Utivity hosts the first Colorado Indie Business Forum at Denver's Green Spaces. The event is focused on helping startups grow into a successful business and will feature executive speakers from Love Grown Foods, Icelantic Skis and Utivity.

Utivity is a new startup that Founder Matthew Shifrin likens to Airbnb for professional services. "Our desktop and mobile platform are designed to provide users with the ability to search and filter on a wide array of criteria," Shifrin says.

Users will be ability to price, shop, read reviews and compare products and services via its portals. "For the business, freelancer or individual we give them a simple and intuitive tool that manages every aspect of their business, from store front, rich media, reviews, billing, credit card processing, customer interactions, legal, rewards, referrals and advertising at no upfront cost."

He says the platform connects people looking for services with those that can provide them. The site can connect individuals or professionals with all sorts of things, ranging from someone wanting private guitar lessons to individuals and small businesses providing the services they want. Shifrin formerly worked with the Jarden Corp. where, among other things, he introduced the Billy Boy condom brand to the U.S.

Shifrin will join Maddy D'Amato, CLO (chief love officer) of Love Grown Foods, and Annelise Loevlie, CEO of Icelantic Skis, to give roughly 10-min speeches. "Speakers will spend 10 minutes providing a little background on their companies, how they got started, and provide a couple of anecdotes on what worked and what didn't," he says. Attendees also will be able to ask the executives questions about their experiences in launching companies.

The event will also include beverages from Great Divide Brewing Co. and food from Amerigo. Shifrin anticipates that up to 175 people may attend the event, including several state representatives as well as members of Colorado's economic development team.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Street Fight returns to Denver for second Local Data Summit

Big data and hyperlocal might sound oxymoronic together but they encompass a powerful set of targeted marketing opportunities for companies across pretty much every industry these days. That's why it's the focus of the Local Data Summit that Street Fight is hosting at the EXDO Event Center on March 5.

The event is expected to draw nearly 200 attendees. It will feature speakers from leading national companies and subsidiaries that are harnessing the power of big data services to focus on consumer experience. Among the companies attending and presenting are Bing, MasterCard, Datalogix, Location3 Media, Esri, Factual, YP and First Data.

"This is the second Local Data Summit happening in Denver," says Lupe Hirt. "The Local Data Summit in Denver offers insights into what's happening today and how this ever-changing marketplace will impact businesses and influence marketers in the coming years." 

"Data is everywhere, but not every piece of data is useful. Our goal with Local Data Summit is to help businesses harness the most relevant information to improve how they communicate and interact with their consumers," says Laura Rich, CEO of Street Fight. "We are excited to bring the greatest minds in local marketing to Denver to share the latest trends, research and products."

Featured speakers at the event include Chris Dancy, "The Most Connected Human on Earth," who is constantly being monitored by a plethora of sensors, devices and applications; Amber Case, Director of Esri's R&D Lab, an entrepreneur and user experience designer who will discuss "calm technology."

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Denver-made Bambool base layers fuse bamboo and wool

Outdoor sports enthusiasts know a great base layer can make or break a day in the outdoors. It can also make or break your day après adventure -- especially if your base layer reeks from all of your sweat. That's why a good base layer must conduct sweat, retain warmth, and hopefully not trap odors. Bambool is a startup manufacturing hybrid base layers in Denver designed to be more comfortable and last longer.

Craig and Jessica Wood, a husband and wife team in Vail, started Bambool in 2013. They successfully funded the company a Kickstarter campaign in fall of 2014 to launch their first products, a 3/4-length pant and a long-sleeve top, this year. They're already thinking about expanding with new pieces including developing pieces for the summer, according to spokesperson Amy Regnier.

The base layers are a patent-pending hybrid of merino wool and bamboo. "First and foremost they are sourced from renewable fibers," Regnier says. "It's important to us to have a sustainable product and bamboo is a self-sustaining, fast-growing plant."

"Bamboo is anti-bacterial. It helps keep you odor-free," Regnier explains. "Synthetics and cotton can be a little smelly."

It's true: Try wearing a cotton shirt for a week -- even after washing it, the odor may never come out. "Bamboo fabric in general also is extremely soft and your getting the warmth from the wool and the softness from the bamboo," Regnier says. "They are moisture wicking and keep you dryer than a wool blend."

The initial clothes target skiers and snowboarders. The 3/4-length pants were designed so that they won't add bulk under ski boots and socks. The zippers on the shirts have a zipper cage so they don't irritate the skin or pull on chest hair.

Bambool is a Vail-based company, but it partnered with Denver's SansUSA to manufacture their designs. SansUSA has already produced the first run of Bambool's base layers and also produces clothes for other Denver-based companies like Icelantic.

At this point the easiest place to find Bambool's clothes, which currently start at $79.99 is online via their website. They're also available through Garage Grown Gear, at the Amazon store and some other places, according to Regnier. At this point, they're only available in one brick-and-mortar store, the Vitality Center at Vail.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.
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